Premier League Trio Eyeing Summer Move for Rangers Defender


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Glasgow Rangers defender James Tavernier, 28, is a target for a trio of Premier League clubs, reports The Scotsman.

The former Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic player impressed for Rangers this season, bringing himself to the attention of Swansea City, Everton and Burnley.

With his contract set to expire in May 2019, the English clubs are keen to strike a deal this summer to take advantage of Rangers need to raise transfer funds if they are to challenge Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football.

Tavernier made two appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League before seven loan spells convinced him that his future lay away from St James Park.

A buccaneering full-back, he has featured 137 times for Rangers, scoring 25 goals and registering 40 assists.

Swansea are the latest club of the three clubs to show an interest in Tavernier, with Ricardo Carvalhal concerned at the lack of depth his squad will have next season if Angel Rangel leaves this summer.

Burnley, with the prospect of Europa League football on offer, are considered to be leading the chase. However, Everton’s new owner Farhad Moshiri has shown himself willing to invest in the squad and not be shy of backing his managers in the transfer market.